Arts groups receive funding

PORT HENRY - The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks has announce the recipients of The 2009 Developing Community Arts Grants.

The grants are awarded to cultural not-for-profit organizations in Essex and southern Franklin counties.

Local groups receiving funding include The Schroon Lake Arts Council, the Schroon-North Hudson Historical Society. the Moriah Chamber of Commerce, the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum and the Ticonderoga Historical Society.

The Schroon Lake Arts Council will use the money for a series of folk jusic workshops.

The Schroon-North Hudson Historical Society will fund a series of Adirondack history lectures nad the "Adirondack Folklore, Folk Songs and History Program."

The Moriah Chamber of Commerce will use its grant for a community summer concert series.

The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum grant will be used for "A Champlain Summer."

The Ticonderoga Historical Society will fund the theatre presentation "Iroquois Feats of the Green Corn."

The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks awarded $38,500 for 31 arts and culturally related projects in 2009, through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Program. The program, also called Developing Community Arts (DCA) Grants Administrated by ACNA in Essex and southern Franklin counties, distributes state art funds and encourages local involvement in funding decisions affecting community cultural organizations and programs.

Art and cultural organizations, libraries, youth groups, towns, service groups and other local non-profit groups offering artistic or cultural services or programs to residents of Essex or southern Franklin counties were all eligible to apply.

DCA funding is available to support professional level arts activities benefiting the public in theater, dance, music, film, video, literature, visual arts, museums, and historical/cultural activities or art workshops held for the benefit of the general public. Individual artists may apply through a non-profit sponsor.

The Decentralization Program was begun in 1977 in accordance with its mandate from the state Legislature to encourage participation in the state's cultural funding process at the local level. Decentralization funding for local arts activities is available in all of the state's counties and remains one of NYSCA's most dynamic means of making arts and cultural programs available to diverse segments of the state's population.

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